Do you love a good book store? Unfortunately, in this world of online book warehouse ordering and e-readers, bookstores are becoming a rare sight, even in a mega city like New York City. I was very happy, recently, to see one of my favorite independent Manhattan bookstores was still open and thriving--the Strand Bookstore. Located at 12th Street and Broadway in Manhattan, the Strand Bookstore, is still selling its legendary "18 miles of new, used and rare books!" (Click on all photos in this post to enlarge them for easier viewing)
The bookstore was first opened on Fourth Avenue in 1927, opened by Ben Brass. It was one of 48 bookstores located in the area called "Book Row." He named the store after London street where writers such as Thackery, Dickens and Mill once gathered, and where book publishers thrived. In 1957 the Strand Bookstore moved to its present location and is the only bookstore survivor of Book Row's past.
The Strand has four floors of books--an estimated 2.5 million books! Their Rare Books Room on the top floor has shelves filled with leather bound books--some signed by authors such as Joyce, Chagall and Twain. It often hosts events with authors and the room can be rented for your own special event. You can also browse their collection of rare books for sale at this link.
One could spend many hours browsing in the Strand Bookstore. They also sell books online at this link, and you can also spend hours perusing the many books they offer in different categories, from Americana to Weddings! In addition, they offer a selection of Audio Books, DVDs, Blu-Rays and Music CDs through their online shop.
Assorted literary themed merchandise and giftware can also be found in their aisles and online. Their canvas tote bags are carried by many New Yorkers, and are one of their best selling items.
You can see an interesting 1996 video with Mr. Bass' son talking about the Strand Bookstore at this C-Span video link.
If you are fortunate enough to be able to visit the brick and motor Strand Bookstore you will also be in an interesting older area of Manhattan, in the Greenwich Village neighborhood. As you can see in the photo collage above, this neighborhood has views of both the Empire State Building and One World Trade Center. I've done quite a few blog posts about this area, which you can read under this blog label link. It is definitely one of my favorite neighborhoods in New York City and one I'd encourage all to include on a visit to New York!
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